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No, I don’t need any help – I’m doing just fine on my own…

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No, I don’t need any help – I’m doing just fine on my own…
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Image by Ed Yourdon
Those of us who live in the neighborhood often see this man, navigating along the street with his cane. It’s a natural instinct to offer assistance when he’s crossing the street, and he tends to be fairly short-tempered and grouchy when he turns us down. But indeed, he does seem to be doing just fine on his own…

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This is the continuation of a photo-project that I began in the summer of 2008: a random collection of "interesting" people in a broad stretch of the Upper West Side of Manhattan — between 72nd Street and 104th Street, especially along Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.

As I indicated when I started this project in 2008, I don’t like to intrude on people’s privacy, so I normally use a telephoto lens in order to photograph them while they’re still 50-100 feet away from me; but that means I have to continue focusing my attention on the people and activities half a block away, rather than on what’s right in front of me.

I’ve also learned that, in many cases, the opportunities for an interesting picture are very fleeting — literally a matter of a couple of seconds, before the person(s) in question move on, turn away, or stop doing whatever was interesting. So I’ve learned to keep the camera switched on (which contradicts my traditional urge to conserve battery power), and not worry so much about zooming in for a perfectly-framed picture … after all, once the digital image is uploaded to my computer, it’s pretty trivial to crop out the parts unrelated to the main subject.

Thus far, I’ve generally avoided photographing bums, drunks, crazies, and homeless people. There are a few of them around, and they would certainly create some dramatic pictures; but they generally don’t want to be photographed, and I don’t want to feel like I’m taking advantage of them. I’m still looking for opportunities to take some "sympathetic" pictures of such people, which might inspire others to reach out and help them. We’ll see how it goes …

The only other thing I’ve noticed, thus far, is that while there are lots of interesting people to photograph, there are far, far, far more people who are not so interesting. They’re probably fine people, and they might even be more interesting than the ones I’ve photographed … but there was just nothing memorable about them.

Bundled up
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Image by Ed Yourdon
This was taken at the north end of Verdi Park, on what I thought was a relatively mild mid-day Monday in February; the temperature was in the mid-40s, and most people (including me) were wearing somewhat lighter jackets than what we had been forced to wear throughout most of January. But not this woman: she was obviously still very, very cold…

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This is the continuation of a photo-project that I began in the summer of 2008: a random collection of "interesting" people in a broad stretch of the Upper West Side of Manhattan — between 72nd Street and 104th Street, especially along Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.

As I indicated when I started this project in 2008, I don’t like to intrude on people’s privacy, so I normally use a telephoto lens in order to photograph them while they’re still 50-100 feet away from me; but that means I have to continue focusing my attention on the people and activities half a block away, rather than on what’s right in front of me.

I’ve also learned that, in many cases, the opportunities for an interesting picture are very fleeting — literally a matter of a couple of seconds, before the person(s) in question move on, turn away, or stop doing whatever was interesting. So I’ve learned to keep the camera switched on (which contradicts my traditional urge to conserve battery power), and not worry so much about zooming in for a perfectly-framed picture … after all, once the digital image is uploaded to my computer, it’s pretty trivial to crop out the parts unrelated to the main subject.

Thus far, I’ve generally avoided photographing bums, drunks, crazies, and homeless people. There are a few of them around, and they would certainly create some dramatic pictures; but they generally don’t want to be photographed, and I don’t want to feel like I’m taking advantage of them. I’m still looking for opportunities to take some "sympathetic" pictures of such people, which might inspire others to reach out and help them. We’ll see how it goes …

The only other thing I’ve noticed, thus far, is that while there are lots of interesting people to photograph, there are far, far, far more people who are not so interesting. They’re probably fine people, and they might even be more interesting than the ones I’ve photographed … but there was just nothing memorable about them.


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Still hungry. Still homeless. Still need help.

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Still hungry. Still homeless. Still need help.
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Image by Ed Yourdon
This fellow can often be found, sitting quietly, hour after hour, on Broadway between 79th and 80th Street.

Note: this photo was published in a Sep 4, 2009 Change.org blog titled "5 Things You Absolutely Must Know About Homelessness." It was also published in a Mar 31, 2010 Washington Area Women’s Foundation blog, titled "Giving Back to the Homeless." And it was published in a Sep 21, 2011 Huffington Post blog titled "Hunger In Chicago: Study Shows 1 In 5 Chicagoans Aren’t Sure Where They’ll Find Their Next Meal." It was also published in a Nov 18, 2011 blog titled "Thanksgiving: Food for Thought . . . ’cause that’s all some folks have [35 PICS]."

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This is the continuation of a photo-project that I began in the summer of 2008: a random collection of "interesting" people in a broad stretch of the Upper West Side of Manhattan — between 72nd Street and 104th Street, especially along Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.

As I indicated when I started this project in 2008, I don’t like to intrude on people’s privacy, so I normally use a telephoto lens in order to photograph them while they’re still 50-100 feet away from me; but that means I have to continue focusing my attention on the people and activities half a block away, rather than on what’s right in front of me.

I’ve also learned that, in many cases, the opportunities for an interesting picture are very fleeting — literally a matter of a couple of seconds, before the person(s) in question move on, turn away, or stop doing whatever was interesting. So I’ve learned to keep the camera switched on (which contradicts my traditional urge to conserve battery power), and not worry so much about zooming in for a perfectly-framed picture … after all, once the digital image is uploaded to my computer, it’s pretty trivial to crop out the parts unrelated to the main subject.

Thus far, I’ve generally avoided photographing bums, drunks, crazies, and homeless people. There are a few of them around, and they would certainly create some dramatic pictures; but they generally don’t want to be photographed, and I don’t want to feel like I’m taking advantage of them. I’m still looking for opportunities to take some "sympathetic" pictures of such people, which might inspire others to reach out and help them. We’ll see how it goes …

The only other thing I’ve noticed, thus far, is that while there are lots of interesting people to photograph, there are far, far, far more people who are not so interesting. They’re probably fine people, and they might even be more interesting than the ones I’ve photographed … but there was just nothing memorable about them.

For Sale: iPod Touch 32GB 3rd Gen
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Image by gabriel amadeus
obo

Works fine. Has some minor scratches and dents as seen in pics. Battery life is still great. The main issue is that the headphone jack stopped working. Sometimes I can wiggle it to make it work, but it’s more or less shot. Still fine as a mini computer or use with airplay.

For Sale: iPod Touch 32GB 3rd Gen
Computer Batteries

Image by gabriel amadeus
obo

Works fine. Has some minor scratches and dents as seen in pics. Battery life is still great. The main issue is that the headphone jack stopped working. Sometimes I can wiggle it to make it work, but it’s more or less shot. Still fine as a mini computer or use with airplay.


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Help I am Bulging!

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Help I am Bulging!
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Image by gèr-HÀRDT
A sad state of affairs here…
It started out with it just not charging (probably should have seen this coming). And then one day when Erin was looking up the problem on Apple’s forums she read about "the Bulging Battery" problem, flipped over the laptop and saw this…

My office for the afternoon
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Image by Brother O’Mara
This afternoon we had a power outage at work. The building is huge, part warehouse, and so it has had some weird wiring work done to it throughout the years. As far as I understand we have two main lines coming into the building, and things are connected to them kind of at random.

Today’s power outage affected each person’s office differently. Some of them were left without overhead lights but with working power outlets. Some were the opposite: overhead lights yes, outlets no. Some were fully on. Some were fully off.

Mine was one of them that had lights but no outlets. The battery on my laptop is dead, so I moved into the conference room (outlets but no lights) to get some work done. As you can see it was kind of pleasant, though the day outside was still rather gray.


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